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Here are a couple of things that I have noticed are common issues for those from certain parts of the world: Persons from the Middle East to India, tend to not enunciate their vowel sounds. It is also beneficial to understand that the English language has two sounds for every vowel; a long vowel sound and a short vowel sound. The most important between these two, in order to be understood, is to actually ensure that a vowel sound exists clearly when pronouncing a word. Which vowel sound (long or short) isn’t as important as making sure that a vowel sound can be easily discerned. Slower speaking ensures that these vowels are pronounced enough to be heard and the word understood. People from areas East of India tend to not pronounce all of the consonants in a word. Usually, the consonants that are missed are those that have two different consonant sounds together, and/or the last consonant(s) sounds of the word gets left off (“cloud” is the perfect example of both; it often sounds to us like “cow”). Practicing these combination and ending consonant sounds will help you in being able to speak more like a native speaker; slowing down while speaking will make the biggest difference in how well a native speaker will be able to understand your speech and therefore your meaning. Also, slowing down when speaking allows you to concentrate on pronouncing all of the consonants correctly enhancing the ease in which you are understood. Connect, Comment and Communicate! Take care all!

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